WASHINGTON — In response to a Feb. 28 GAO report that said some of the VA’s Veterans Health Administration facilities had hired ineligible providers, U.S. Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., last Thursday introduced a bill to address the problems raised in the report.
In October, the senators sent an oversight letter to the VA requesting detailed information about the steps it would take to implement the report’s recommendations.
The Veterans Health Administration Caregiver Retention and Eligibility Determination (VHA CRED) Act of 2019 would address the problems raised in the Government Accountability Office report by:
• Requiring the VA Under Secretary for Health to prescribe regulations and guidance to improve the credentialing process for providers who work at Veterans Health Administration facilities
• Requiring the Under Secretary for Health to develop and implement a program to continuously monitor credentialed providers to ensure they still meet the requirements
• Requiring the Under Secretary for Health to conduct an audit of all providers with adverse actions and the effect those actions have on their employment eligibility; the report would then be sent to Congress
• Ensuring that those responsible for credentialing providers receive thorough training
The full text of the bill can be read at tinyurl.com/vw82kvq.